A man was forced into handing over cash after being threatened with a kitchen knife and a gun.

Police are investigating after the incident in Greenstead Road.

The victim, aged in his 40s, was walking near the junction of Tabor Close when he was approached by two men.

The men threatened the victim and stole cash, then tried to force him into a small white van.

An Essex Police spokesman said: "The victim was able to leave the scene unharmed but is, understandably, shaken."

It happened between 10.30am and 10.45am on Tuesday, January 8.

Police have only today released the details.

One man, described as being white, in his early 40s, wore a black hooded jacket with the hood up.

He had visible stubble and was around 6ft tall of broad build.

He threatened the victim with a kitchen knife.

The second man, described as being white and aged in his late 30s.

He is also around 6ft tall and was armed with what is believed to be a handgun.

DC Tim Harris, of Colchester CID, said: “This is an incident of concern. Thankfully, reports like this are rare and our victim is physically unharmed, and we are working to understand the circumstances surrounding this theft.

“I would urge anyone with information, has CCTV in the area or may have been driving past and has CCTV footage available to view to call Colchester police station on 101 quoting the crime reference number 42/4339/19.

“Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555 111.”